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Phillip Anderson

Phillip Anderson

Professor - Physics
Director, W. B. Hanson Center for Space Sciences
Faculty Advisor for Graduate Physics Department

Professional Preparation

Ph.D. - Physics
University of Texas at Dallas - 1990
M.S. - Physics
University of Texas at Dallas - 1985
B.S. - Physics
North Texas State University - 1982

Research Areas

  • Ionospheric and magnetospheric electrodynamics
  • Space weather
  • Space environment effects on human systems
  • Ionosphere/thermosphere coupling


Impact of Soft Electron Precipitation on the Thermospheric Neutral Mass Density During Geomagnetic Storms: GITM Simulations 2022 - Journal Article
Empirical Modeling of the Equatorward Boundary of Auroral Precipitation Using DMSP and DE 2 2019 - Journal Article
An Auroral Boundary-Oriented Model of Subauroral Polarization Streams (SAPS) 2018 - Journal Article
Driving of strong nightside reconnection and geomagnetic activity by polar cap flows: Application to CME shocks and possibly other situations 2018 - Journal Article
Mapping the South Atlantic Anomaly continuously over 27 years 2018 - Journal Article
WN4 variability in DMSP ion densities across season, solar cycle, and local time 2017 - Journal Article
Topside ionospheric response to solar EUV variability 2016 - Journal Article
Effects of modeled ionospheric conductance and electron loss on self-consistent ring current simulations during the 5-7 April 2010 storm 2015 - Journal Article


University of Texas at Dallas [2011–Present]
Associate Professor
The University of Texas at Dallas [2004–2011]
Senior Member of the Technical Staff
The Aerospace Corporation, Los Angeles, CA [1997–2004]
Member of the Technical Staff
The Aerospace Corporation, Los Angeles, CA [1992–1997]
NRC Research Associate
Goddard Space Flight Center, Laurel, MD [1990–1992]
Research Scientist
The University of Texas at Dallas [1990–2018]
Research Assistant
The University of Texas at Dallas [1985–1990]
Teaching Assistant
The University of Texas at Dallas [1984–1985]
Health Physics Technician
Contracted to various nuclear power plants for outages: Arkansas Nuclear One, Three Mile Island, Oyster Creek, Trojan, San Onofre [1983–1984]


Global Distributions of the Characteristics of Auroral Particles
2009–2009 Anderson, P. C. 2009. Paper presented at the Fall 2009 Meeting of the American Geophysical Union, in San Francisco, CA.
GPS Occultation Observations of Equatorial Scintillation: Dependence on Magnetic Field Orientation, Longitude, and Season
2008–2008 Anderson, P. C. and and P. R. Straus. 2008. Paper presented at the 12th International Symposium on Equatorial Aeronomy, in Crete, Greece.
A Global Subauroral Electric Field Model
2008–2008 Anderson, P. C. and W. R. Johnston. 2008. A Global Subauroral Electric Field Model. Paper presented at the Conference on Earth-Sun System Exploration: Energy Coupling Within and Between Plasma Regimes, January, 2008, in Kona, Hawaii.
Global Effects of Subauroral Electric Fields on the Thermosphere
2007–2007 Anderson, P. C. 2007. Paper presented at the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics XXIV General Assembly, in Perugia, Italy.
Spacecraft Charging Hazards in Low Earth Orbit
2005–2005 Anderson, P. C. 2005. Spacecraft Charging Hazards in Low Earth Orbit. Paper presented at the 9th Spacecraft Charging Technology Conference, April 2005, in Tsukuba, Japan.

Additional Information

Professional Recognition
 National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship, 1990 – 1992

 Featured twice on the cover of Geophysical Research Letters:
 Anderson, P. C, D. Chenette, J. M. Quinn, M. Grande, and M. Carter. 1998. Energetic Auroral Electron Distributions Derived from Global X-ray Measurements and Comparison with in situ Particle Measurements. Geophys. Res. Let. 25: 4105-4108.

 Anderson, P. C., D. L. McKenzie, L. R. Lyons, and M. Hairston. 2000. Global X-ray
 Observations of Magnetospheric Convection-Driven Auroral Disturbances. Geophys. Res. Let. 27: 3233-3236.

 NASA Group Achievement Award, San Marco D/L Project, 1989
 NASA Group Achievement Award, POLAR PIXIE Team, 1998
 Member of NASA Geospace Missions Operations Working Group, 2006 – 2009

 Member of Sigma Xi Science Research Society, 2005 – Present

Professional Memberships
  • Sigma Xi Science Research Society
  • American Geophysical Union
  • American Physical Society


Doctoral advisement
William R. Johnston, 5/09 The Role of the Plasmasphere in Radiation Belt Energization and Loss 


The Response of the Ionosphere/Thermosphere System to Forcing by Atmospheric Waves, (PI)
$280K - NASA [2022/01–2024/12]
Response of the Ionosphere and Thermosphere to Geomagnetic Storms in the Mid to Low Latitudes, (PI)
$740K - NASA [2020/01–2023/12]
GEM: Subauroral Polarization Streams (SAPS): Stormtime Empirical Modeling, Database Generation and Comparison with RCM-E (PI)
$270K - NSF [2015/09–2020/09]
CEDAR:Solar Extreme Ultraviolet Irradiance Effects on the Coupled Ionosphere-Thermosphere System (PI)
$202K - NSF [2016/03–2021/02]
Next Generation Advances in Ionosphere-Thermosphere Coupling, (Co-I)
$1.5M - Air Force Office of Sponsored Research (AFOSR) Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) [2016/09–2023/03]